Stephen is a 36-year veteran of public, media and government affairs, including an eight-year tenure as a communications director with the Washington State Senate and a two-year tenure with the United States Congress as a communications director and senior policy advisor. Stephen and his wife, Celeste, launched Daniels-Brown Communications in 1997. Under their leadership, the DBC team has designed award-winning advertising, branding and PR campaigns for a wide variety of local, regional and national clients. Stephen currently serves as chair of the HealthChoice Benefits Trust board of trustees. Past board service has included chair of Capital Medical Center’s board of trustees, vice president of the Brigham Young University national alumni board and the Thurston Economic Development Council board of directors and as a board member of the Association of Washington Business (AWB). Stephen also served on the Port of Olympia’s Advisory Committee that oversaw the visioning process for the Swantown Marina and other community development projects on Port property. He has lobbied the state legislature on behalf of multinational companies like biotech giant Amgen and state and local organizations like the Washington Roundtable, comprised of 40 CEOs of Washington’s largest employers. Stephen and Celeste have five daughters ages 15 to 35 and three grandchildren.
Celeste Daniels-Brown has helped lead DBC since its beginnings in 1997. Prior to forming the agency, Celeste worked as a legislative assistant with the Washington State Senate and House. She also served as an administrative assistant in the public relations department of a regional risk management company based in Lacey. Today, in addition to managing DBC as a partner, Celeste oversees a number of client accounts and provides strategic media planning for advertising campaigns. Celeste has a long history of involvement with education governance, as a former member of the Olympia High School site-based council and as a board member of the Olympia Education Foundation. She has also led young women summer camp programs as a volunteer. She's competed in several triathlons which has proven useful in chasing grandchildren when they visit.
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“DBC has been a trusted opinion leader for the Thurston Economic Development Council as we have developed strategies to recruit investment and employers to Thurston County — creating dialogue that was easily understood by the community.”